Mosquera-Perea injury: What it means for IU

  • 01/13/2015 11:14 am in

Indiana’s depth took a hit Monday when junior forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea suffered a knee injury that could sideline him for two to four weeks, according to reports.

And just three games into the conference season, the Hoosiers are now two players down as sophomore Devin Davis remains sidelined following a traumatic brain injury suffered in early November.

So what does the injury to Mosquera-Perea mean going forward? Put simply, Indiana must look at this as a “next man up” situation. Indiana played five games in August in Canada without Mosquera-Perea, so it has some experience of what life is like without him.

Mosquera-Perea, who has started all 16 games and is averaging 7.5 points and five rebounds in 20.9 minutes, has been a key contributor at times this season. In IU’s win over Butler on Dec. 20, the Colombia native had eight points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots in 30 minutes. And in the Big Ten opener at Nebraska, he had 12 points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes as the Hoosiers picked up a key road win, 70-65.

But there have also been games where Mosquera-Perea has been nearly invisible statistically. Most recently, he had just four points and two rebounds in eight minutes before fouling out against Ohio State. In each of IU’s first three Big Ten games, Mosquera-Perea has picked up two fouls prior to the first media timeout.

Freshman Emmitt Holt will likely get the opportunity to play an increased role and although he hasn’t played the number of minutes Mosquera-Perea has, he’s been a more efficient player from the field, free throw line and on the offensive glass.

Freshman Jeremiah April does not figure to see an increased role as a result of the injury as Tom Crean said last night on his radio show that he “needs to work harder.”

The Hoosiers will also have to go small more often with Collin Hartman, who is just 6-foot-6, figuring to get some minutes at the five as he did against Ohio State. Over IU’s last five games, Mosquera-Perea has logged just 46 percent of available minutes at the five spot with Holt (33 percent), Hartman (15) and Max Hoetzel (five) combining for the other 54 percent.

How well Indiana is able to overcome the injury may also come down to how quickly it can right the ship from the perimeter. Through three conference games, the Hoosiers are shooting just 24.2 percent from distance, which is last in the league.

Given all of the setbacks Indiana has been able to overcome this season – the Davis injury, the suspensions to Holt, Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson and questions about the direction of the program both on and off the court – this is another bump in the road that the Hoosiers must respond to quickly.

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  • thrawnjan

    That’s gonna be one funny looking tip-off tonight.
    Collin has been terrific, I really hope he can continue playing well. Emmitt, too, of course. Have a speedy recovery, Hanner.

  • Gregory Spera

    So what you are saying is that there is no “next man up”. That the current rotation will just lose one man and we will be playing one man short until Hanner returns.

  • John D Murphy

    It is really disappointing that CTC is saying JA won’t see an increase in playing time because he “needs to work harder”.

  • ForeverIU

    If Jeremiah April is healthy, I want to see him in the game, NOW!

  • Real American

    This is really unfortunate as we have a tough stretch of games coming up. Most likely, we weren’t going to win very many of them anyway, but Hanner could have gained a lot of valuable experience to be a better player for the second half of the Big Ten schedule, which is very favorable.
    Wish him a speedy recovery!

  • MillaRed

    Yes. I’ve seen this movie before regarding our bigs.

  • IU diehard from CT

    I hope this motivates JA to work hard. Not just the opportunity now from hanners injury, but also ctc’s words. Maybe JA felt he would never see the floor, because he was behind hmp and eh. I feel JA is a talented kid and is a hidden gem. He has a soft touch, can hit midrange jumpers from about 10-12 feet, and from his YouTube clip where he scoops up a loose ball, dribbles down the floor and then finishes shows me he has athleticism.

  • MillaRed

    As John pointed out above, “JA needs to work harder?” Last week it was “leadership?” I thought we bought our chemistry set last off season and got all of this taken care of. Disturbing.

  • Derek

    It is frustrating just for the fact that we knew we would need taller players and signed this guy out of nowhere so rationally I thought he would possibly get minutes this year if ever a project big was needed it seemed like this season would be the year that big would play, in the right situation I am saying. And this situation seems like the right time with hmp out. Because in the coming years does Aprils chances of playing actually increase?

  • MillaRed

    Guess I figured getting a scholarship to Indiana was plenty enough to encourage a Top 350 recruit to “work harder.”

  • Bk39

    Hoping a quick and full recover for Hanner.
    Holt will be ready and uncle Tim may see some playing time, Ryan may also see some floor time. Bright side is we will have two less fouls called on IU in the first 90 sec. of each game that seemed to give the opponent momentum.

  • MK

    wowwww. not all players enter college with the same work ethic or know what it means to really work hard. disturbing

  • ForeverIU

    Enough of these meaningless abstractions having to do with “work ethic” and “toughness”. Be an inspirational coach. Work your magic. Work your charisma. I’m sick of transfers and attrition. I don’t want to be a waiting area for the NBA and a perpetually “young” team.

  • IU diehard from CT

    You’d think right?

  • MillaRed

    This might be the lamest post I have seen this entire season LOL. So many dang excuses.

    No one is throwing anyone under the bus. I guess I could say, “Oh, stuff happens. Just another center that never plays. It’s OK and stuff.”

  • Eastwood88_2

    As losing Hanner will hurt, it is not the end all for the next four weeks. Wisconsin losing Jackson, Illinois losing rice is much worse. He was a decent rim protector and when in position, a good rebounder. We need him to have a successful season, but we can still win with him on the bench. Hartman did a good job on Williams. He is really strong and has the mind set to do the right things. The box out he had against Williams when the ball hit the floor was outstanding. Everyone will know they have to help hit the glass. It was already happening. Now just a little more. We didn’t move the ball thru the post anyway, so this will not be effected. Crean will be forced to use Priller and April if a foul situation presents itself. There are upcoming road games we were likely going to lose anyways. The back half of our schedule is soft and Hanner will be back, hopefully, for that period of time. Who knows, maybe somebody steps up and shows are really desire to compete. Wishing Hanner a quick recovery. I think we will be just fine.

  • Gregory Spera

    Um, when it comes to “charisma”, it’s Tom Crean you’re talking about, not Tom Cruise.

  • ForeverIU

    Oops, sorry. I should have said, “Find your inner charisma.” LOL.

  • Pianoroark

    I really hope “He needs to work harder” actually means “He’s not ready to go” rather than “I’m punishing him because he doesn’t work as hard as he should.” Because I don’t care if, say, Yogi stops spending extra time in the gym after practice, as long as his talent level and preparedness stays the same; Yogi’s not getting benched. You put the best guys in, period. Work ethic, in reality, only matters insofar as the on-court results it produces.

    Plus, who knows—JA might find that getting 5-8 minutes of playing time in HMP’s absence is what fuels his desire to compete harder in practice. I hope CTC recognizes this, and I guess we’ll have to trust that what he sees in practice is different than what I’ve seen of these role players’ very limited minutes (that JA seems to have more immediate potential than guys like Tim or Ryan).

    Hope HMP gets well very soon. He’s earned a speedy recovery.

  • Kyl470

    I believe that CTC will play the players that he feels give him the best chance to win. If he honestly feels that playing Hartman, Troy, or Max at center is a better option that playing Priller or April then I personally feel that he wasted two scholarships.

  • Pianoroark

    I agree in part; I have a hard time imagining what he’s seeing from JA in practice that tells him it’s better to throw, say, Max in there than to use a 7’0 center who can still spread the floor a bit with shooting (even if, yes, he’s raw and skinny).

    But you can’t really say whether the scholarships have been “wasted” until their IU careers are over. I still think JA and TP have great upside over the course of a 4-year career, assuming we can hold on to them that long.

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    Vanilla Gorilla time!

  • dssnyder1

    last in the league in 3 pt. shooting WTH
    I didn’t know the Hoosiers are struggling that much

  • Gregory Spera

    If Tom Crean really CAN develop big men, then he needs to get on it, ASAP.

  • Jordan

    Tims girlfriend goes to IU I believe… unless that falls through I’d imagine he stays.

  • TomJameson

    Everybody want’s April to play “now”. Assume for a moment that April is in the dog-house for not showing up at practices, not giving an effort, not putting in the work, etc… What kind of message does that send the rest of the team if those things don’t matter any more, and you can play without the effort in practice? Don’t know if that is the case, but sometimes you bench a player for breaking team rules (practice hard, show the effort, play as a team). Nobody know what the situation really is, but if CTC has said publicly that April needs to work harder, then It probably runs a little deeper than that. Sometimes it takes a little discipline to be “inspirational”.

  • FinEndNow

    Stan keeps playing… what does that show to the rest of team?

  • Snookafly

    I guess it’s easier to blame a kid’s work ethic than to admit you gave a scholarship to someone who has never going to contribute in the first place.

  • ForeverIU

    Bingo!

  • Jrod

    Why go somewhere and ride the pine if you love the game of basketball. We can not afford the luxury of having anyone in candy strips that are projects you would think the coaching staff would have already learned their lesson. This is what Indiana Basketball has come to 6’6″ center I love Hartman because he has guts but just 3inches to short.

  • ForeverIU

    Tom, I’m not gonna pick up a fight with one of the nicest people on ITH (you). My short answer is that I don’t have as much trust in CTC as you do. Sorry, but that’s how I feel.

  • Jrod

    Or a foot in the A%^ 🙂

  • b_side

    Look at the bright side: we’re 2-1 despite the outside struggles. Most assumed we’d need to shoot 40% from 3 in every game to win.

  • b_side

    Crean always maintained he’s been working hard though. That’s the difference. Some of his offensive decision making is suspect, but he’s still playing tough D. Hoping the permanent move back to shooting left-handed will reinvigorate him.

  • gm

    This sounds callous, but after Crean’s comments about JA, whatevs. How can we get rid of some freshman schol players after this year to start make room for a legitimate big man recruit.

  • TomJameson

    He does work hard, he’s one of the “gym-rats” that CTC likes so much.

  • TomJameson

    If/when the boys start hitting their 3s again, we can beat anybody. Golly, keep in mind that (IMO) we haven’t played as well as we can yet. Can you imagine this team with their whole game intact?

  • JJ

    Love that the fans love him, but Priller is a wasted scholarship, IMO, since they have OG / Morgan coming in next year. I’m pretty sure he was a panic signing by Crean. Again, love the kid, but he’s at least a couple years away from being playable in a B1G conference game, if ever

  • TomJameson

    That’s not really something we need to talk about in this forum. Definitely not something where we name anybody. Just letting you know, kind of an unwritten rule.

  • MK

    He’s a 350+ recruit that we added at the last second. what did you expect LOL. i figured he would never see the court. However, since MillaReds expectations were not met by said player I suppose i should let it ruin my day.

  • JJ

    I think this is where you see April out of necessity.

    Plus, we’ve seen so little out of him because of the injury that I’d like to see where he’s at. No better time than against a PSU team that lost a key cog…

  • MillaRed

    You are right. I totally whiffed on this one. I actually expected him to play basketball. What was I thinking?

    Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it MK. ITH 101.

  • TomJameson

    Don’t agree with that. First of all I really doubt that CTC EVER signed anybody to any team in a panic. I personally can’t think of any coach that would do that sort of thing. Second of all, I think Priller has some good instincts. Looks like he moves his feet well, has good vision and good fundamentals. He just LOOKS awkward as the dickens. LOL He is the kind of player that will get better every year. He looks like he’s still getting used to his body, didn’t he have a huge growth spurt a year ago or so?

  • MillaRed

    Well that would sound like a chemistry issue. Those are over remember?

  • ForeverIU

    And yet we expect the poor kid to have a “work ethic”?

  • David Macer

    Poor form gm.

  • MK

    I guess I just don’t understand why April is even part of the discussion. He is the last man on our bench. Just because he is tall doesn’t mean he is useful, at least not now. I’m assuming the coaches will put the best and most effective players out there – if he cant hack it, then he shouldn’t play.

    Also i don’t need your help on how to comment on this website. It is a basketball blog not a secret society run by MillaRed. We are all equal citizens on here, no matter how long “you’ve been around”. Give it rest your opinion means no more then mine.

  • MillaRed

    That last paragraph cracks me up. I have posted here what, once every 2-3 weeks for a year? sometimes not for a month. What are you even talking about? I don’t even know who you are.

    Grab your Tom Crean pillow and take a nap. Never get personal in here people. It’s a basketball blog.

  • TomJameson

    No, the chemistry issue was about the team chemistry and not about one individual. Lets not get too far ahead of ourselves second guessing what is actually happening. I really doubt that it’s about the team. Pretty sure we’re talking about April, and whatever the circumstances are, they are his alone. MillaRed, you are usually not stoking the fires with hearsay and wild guesses. Are you really that ticked off that April isn’t playing? Or is this just another attack on the coach, even when you, or nobody else for that matter, know really what is going on?

  • dssnyder1

    true